Johnson County K-State Research and Extension helps business owners make informed decisions about starting a small business. The classes offered are designed to introduce business owners to some key resource providers and other small business owners. The organization also offers technical assistance for food, horticulture and agriculture-related businesses.
11811 S. Sunset Drive, Ste. 1500
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 715-7000
The Inventors Center of Kansas City (ICKC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping inventors find education, inspiration and connection to bring their ideas to fruition and achieve entrepreneurial success. ICKC hosts a free meet-up, held the third Tuesday of each month in Union Station’s Arthur Stilwell Room. The meet-up is open to the public.
P.O. Box 411003, Kansas City, MO 64141
Phone: (913) 322-1895
The International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City (ITCGKC) is a membership-driven 501(c)(3) organization that networks Kansas City area professionals in the international business and academic communities, delivers timely international trade education, and bridges access to relevant resources. ITCGKC’s signature programs include the Global Research Initiative, where members guide graduate student teams through focused global business research for an area firm; and the TradeWins international trade simulation for students or young professionals preparing for a global business career.
4747 Troost, Ste. 119E, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6654
6717 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Overland Park, KS 66202
120 S.E. Sixth Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (785) 235-3053
30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 966-2840
1211 N. Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: (816) 966-2840
IBSA is a Kansas nonprofit agency that provides development and support services to emerging entrepreneurs. A veteran resource partner of the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority/Women Business Development, NetWork Kansas and KCSourceLink.com, IBSA assists low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the development of feasibility/business plans, computer needs analysis and setup, document preparation and ongoing counsel to help troubleshoot areas as needed. IBSA has been active in the promotion and advocacy of policies and procedures that increase corporate and government procurements with disadvantaged, minority, women, veteran and low-income microenterprises. The agency conducts statistical or data research and shares these findings with government, advocacy and development agencies upon request.
629 S.E. Quincy, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (913) 735-4272
HEDC offers one-on-one consultation services for current and aspiring entrepreneurs with a focus on providing education and information. With offices in Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, HEDC is conveniently located for clients throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
The organization provides loans and microfinancing options to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, that don’t qualify for traditional bank financing. The loans can range in size from $500 to $50,000, but most tend to be for $8,000 on average. The money can be used for inventory, working capital, equipment or real estate.
HEDC team members are bilingual and entrepreneurs with many years of combined education and practical experience, allowing the organization to provide quality services that clients have come to expect for the past 20 years. While the target market is the Hispanic community, HEDC services are available to any and all interested in the business development services.
2130 Jefferson St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 221-3442
The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurial leaders through excellence in mentoring. Applications to participate in the program as a mentee are due at the beginning of August of each year. Applicants must have been in business for at least three years and be the ultimate decision- maker for a business that generates around $1 million in annual revenue, with five or more full-time employees. In addition, the applicant must have a desire to substantially grow the business.
2000 Baltimore Ave., Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-HEMP (4367)
The Full Employment Council offers services tailored to the needs of employers, including customized training in time, targeted recruitment, screening assistance and wage reimbursement.
1740 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 471-2330
The Family Conservancy has strengthened the healthy development of more than 5 million Kansas City children and families since 1880. The organization focuses on three main areas to ensure success: quality early child care and education, with an emphasis on mental and physical health; mental health counseling, including help for trauma and abuse victims; and anti-poverty and quality parenting initiatives, which help families break the cycle of poverty and raise successful and healthy children.
444 Minnesota Ave., Ste. 200, Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: (913) 342-1110
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets.
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 932-1000